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Best Healthy Restaurant 1st) Whole Foods* The variety here will make it hard to choose what to put in your biodegradable lunchbox. Check out tacos, pizza, Asian fusion, or any of the daily buffets. 2nd) Casa de Luz The menu here is gluten free, vegan, organic, and in a venue made for health and wellness. Check out the daily menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3rd) Bouldin Creek Café Vegetarians and omnivores alike will find tasty options here. Check out their breakfast tacos or Tarzan salad. +) Snap Kitchen For fresh, on-the-go food, stopping here will keep your day healthy without stealing your time. Every meal of the day has a great variety to choose from. Best Healthy To-Go 1st) Snap Kitchen* 2nd) MyFitFoods Stop by for a quick meal in a rush, or make a long-term commitment. Their 21-Day Challenge could be a great way to start off the new year. 3rd) Whole Foods* +) Juiceland* Best Local Grocery 1st) Whole Foods* 2nd) H-E-B For fresh food on a budget, H-E-B is a great place to stop for produce. Their prepared food section has gotten revamping over the past couple of years for more quick meals. 3rd) Wheatsville Co-Op This co-op offers a yearly membership for discounts and participation in co-op decisions. Stop by on Community Action Wednesdays to support local nonprofits. +) Central Market For gourmet cooking, Central Market is a great place to find what you couldn’t on your own. Look for wine specials, specialty meats and other fine food offerings.

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Fitness Best Outdoor Group Workout 1st) Camp Gladiator* Get those competitive juices going in a group setting. When you need the support, you’ll also find trainers with a reputation for helping their gladiators. 2nd) Stronghorn Fitness* This company offers a few options for outdoor workouts: Strides for the runners, Sweat Sessions for the boot camp athlete, and Vinyasa Yoga for the outdoor yogis. 3rd) Rogue Running Join a solid team atmosphere to train for your next event. Rogue offers marathon training, half-marathon training, 5K/10K beginner running, and trail running. +) Fit & Fearless Krav Maga Combine self-defense with an intense workout at Fit & Fearless. The company takes the approach of building endurance and overall fitness while learning the basics of this martial art. Best National Gym 1st) Gold’s Gym Check out one of seven Austin-area locations with a membership here. The large franchise offers convenience and the ability to mix-andmatch classes in so many locations. 2nd) Lifetime Fitness This resort-style gym offers a fitness community with your needs in mind. Check out indoor pools, tons of fitness programs to join (yoga, running, cycling, etc.) and childcare until 8:30 p.m. 3rd) 24 Hour Fitness Work out at a time that’s convenient for you with a large variety of classes and locations. Check online for different amenities at each location. +) YMCA This community center is probably the best bargain for the amount of classes and seminars available for your fitness journey. The Y even offers income-based payments. Best Local Gym 1st) Pure Austin Pure offers the local gym feel without sacrificing the variety and equipment of a national gym membership. Check out their new Speed Shop location for athletic training.;

2nd) Castle Hill Fitness Tucked in the heart of downtown Austin, this local fitness joint offers a café, a cycling shop, specialty classes, an expansive gym space, boot camps, yoga, Pilates, a spa—you get the idea. 3rd) Camp Gladiator Arena This first class boot camp has added an indoor space in recent years to much applause. Find the same high level of group fitness here without braving the winter weather. +) Bigger Faster Stronger Training Find a smaller atmosphere while still using equipment that you need here. Bonus: This family-owned gym is involved with one of our favorite nonprofits, Team RWB. Best Boot Camp 1st) Camp Gladiator* 2nd) Stronghorn Fitness* 3rd) Relentless Bootcamp A cool aspect of this fitness company is their corporate wellness program; this includes nutrition education, weekly meetings, and more. Find other weekly classes online.

Best Yoga 1st) Black Swan This Austin staple is conveniently situated on 5th Street to help you sneak yoga into your day. They offer classes on a donation basis (minimum $7; suggested $10–$15) for those wanting to drop-in for practice. 2nd) Wanderlust Creativity and a sense of Austin are both infused into the practices here. Aside from a large offering of classes, this yoga studio is heavily involved in ATX music and arts. 3rd) Yoga Yoga Stop here for several aspects of life balance, including family yoga, a variety of yoga practices, and health and wellness consultations. Also find yoga vacations for ultimate relaxation. +) CorePower Yoga Come to Core Power Yoga for the physical nourishment and stay for the emotional. Cool outreach like Karma Yoga Projects give this studio a supportive, community feel. Best Pilates 1st) Kor180 See our feature for more info on Kor180 and Maja. (page 41)

+) Heat Bootcamp These bootcamps are offered indoors with packages for unlimited monthly classes. High intensity group training focuses on different areas of the body for daily variety.

2nd) Pure Pilates “Pilates on crack” describes Pure Pilates’ combination of cardio, strengthtraining and traditional Pilates. These classes focus on giving you the most out of a 45-minute session.

Best Crossfit Gym 1st) Crossfit Central Brought to you by the same founder of Relentless Bootcamps, Crossfit Central is heavily involved within the Austin community and offers several class times and locations to choose from.

3rd) Joy Moves Small classes of 6-8 give an intimate feel to the classes you’ll find at this Westlake studio. The teachers here focus on classical Pilates for a traditional fitness routine.

2nd) Crossfit South Lamar Also known as CFSoLa, this gym offers over 40 classes a week and the ability to choose your classes based on your schedule. Start the year with Basic Training classes offered here.

+) Ballet Austin The classes here are an extension of Ballet Austin’s focus on community engagement. Check out classes so focused on health that Scott & White Healthcare is underwriting.

3rd) Woodward This five-year winner offers a variety of events and classes including the Women’s Throwdown. There are no machines here, since the focus is on high intensity functional workouts.

Best Barre 1st) Pure Barre A community of women teaches classes here that will tone and sculpt lean muscle through ballet technique. Look for specialty classes as well as Pure Barre staples.

+) Crossfit Round Rock Crossfit Round Rock will probably be a little pricier than a local gym because of the focus on quality. Look here if you are looking for a gym to take your health to the next level.

2nd) Barre3 These studios combine Pilates, Yoga and Barre technique to create a low impact workout. Focus on controlled, targeted movements, isometric workouts, and dynamic motions.

January 2015 - The Best Of 2014 Issue  

We asked you to vote for the people and places that keep Austin fit. Here’s who and what made the cut.

January 2015 - The Best Of 2014 Issue  

We asked you to vote for the people and places that keep Austin fit. Here’s who and what made the cut.